Anyone running Sierra on a late MBP 2009?

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  1. mikeyiphone macrumors regular

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    Anyone running Sierra on a late MBP 2009?
    Do you notice any improvements in speed?

    I'm thinking about upgrading but am interested in hearing from those who have first.

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    You'll want an SSD in that MacBook, if it doesn't already have one.
    Otherwise, Sierra may "run"... but... the "running" may feel more like "walking"...
     
  3. mikeyiphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    I upgraded.
    I have a Samsung 250GB SSD and 8GB of RAM
     
  4. EugW macrumors 603

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    Which exact model is that? I didn't know there were any late 2009 models.

    Mine is a mid-2009 13" MacBook Pro C2D 2.26 GHz MacBookPro5,5. It runs High Sierra just fine.

    HighSierraMBP55-NoSerial.jpg

    Personally I wouldn't bother with Sierra. If anything, the experience on High Sierra is better than on Sierra.

    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/safari-11-in-high-sierra-faster.2068107/

    Furthermore, with SSD and 8 GB RAM, IMO it doesn't feel noticeably slower than El Capitan. Plus, High Sierra brings H.265 HEVC support. While these computers are too slow to do 4K HEVC, they can decode 1080p30 HEVC.
     
  5. mikeyiphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    Correction Mid-2009. Its 5,5

    Is there a chance with the update to High Sierra the computer is able to run smoother?
     
  6. jerryk, Sep 18, 2017
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    I assume you had to patch your version of High Sierra to get it to run on this system. Is that correct?

    I have a 2009 Mac Mini that is not doing anything and thought I could not run High Sierra on it. But if the patching works I might give it a try.
     
  7. EugW, Sep 18, 2017
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    EugW macrumors 603

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    It runs well. I don't know if it runs smoother, but it's not worse. The main reason to upgrade is for the new features. Safari is also much nicer, but you can get the new Safari on both El Capitan and Sierra too.

    I've now got HS running on a MacBookPro5,5 (which I believe is your machine) and a MacBook5,1. No issues. (Well, the MacBook has a sticky trackpad in one spot, but that's a physical problem probably due to overuse, not anything to do with the patched OS.)
    --- Post Merged, Sep 18, 2017 ---
    Yes I had to patch it. What specific model of Mac mini? Macmini3,1 is supported.
     
  8. jerryk macrumors 601

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    Cool. My mini is 3,1.
     
  9. mikeyiphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    The HS you have running now is that the GM? Which I assume is the same as the one that will be released later this month?
     
  10. EugW macrumors 603

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    GM Candidate. Might be the final GM, but no guarantees. We could get a slightly later build for the final GM, I'm not sure. But I don't care because this GM Candidate is good and furthermore, you can just install over top of any previous build. Takes a bit longer than a regular update, but it doesn't lose data.
     
  11. mikeyiphone thread starter macrumors regular

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    How does that work, is it basically just a patch to download?
     
  12. EugW macrumors 603

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    To download over an existing install with the full installer, just go ahead and install, but don't erase the drive.
     

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